Local and international talent will be on display at Edinburgh College’s Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS) Theatre week as the venue hosts a double bill of free dance performances.
Two separate performances, Beneath this Dust and Sierra, will come together to form a double-bill dance show at 2pm on 15 and 17 August at the PASS Theatre.
Hannah Mason, former dance artist in residence at Edinburgh College and a PASS graduate, will be bringing her Unearthed Dance Company to the theatre to perform Beneath This Dust.
Unearthed is an Edinburgh-based contemporary dance company formed and directed by Hannah, featuring PASS graduates and current PASS students among their dancers. Their work explores social and cultural issues through innovative dance works, which have been performed throughout the UK.
Beneath this Dust explores the aftermath of crisis and how people deal with such events.
Unearthed, which was recently awarded funding from The Peter Darrell Trust as a result of its performance at Go Dance 17 at Theatre Royal in Glasgow, will be making its Fringe debut.
Hannah Mason said: “We are very excited to be sharing some of our new work in the Fringe this year as it gives us a chance to reach a new, wider audience. This is our first time presenting work at the Fringe and, being an Edinburgh-based company, we can’t wait to be part of the experience. We are performing at Edinburgh College’s PASS as they have offered us a lot of support in the past year with rehearsal space and have really given us a safe base to run and delve deeper into our practice. Also, I am a graduate from the college and my company consists of graduates and current students from the dance department so making our Fringe debut there only seems right.
“We’re really proud of Beneath this Dust, which takes the audience on an emotional journey through physical and high-octane contemporary dance.”
The PASS Theatre will also be the first venue to host Sierra, a three-section, high-energy modern dance work performed by dancers from Texas A&M University.
Texas A&M University offers classes to educate students in the art and science of dance.
Choreographers Carisa Armstrong and Christine Bergeron have been creating work together since 2003 and have toured throughout the United States and Mexico.
Christine said: “We are thrilled to bring Sierra to Edinburgh for this year’s festival. We chose the performance venue available at Edinburgh College because Sierra is a large group work with 14 dancers who move quickly through the space with large full movements. The work is dynamic and high energy and requires a large stage space.
“We hope that the connection to Edinburgh College will allow us to build a relationship for future student exchange as both Edinburgh College and Texas A&M University Dance courses focus on dance science and its impact on technique and performance. We look forward to sharing not only the energy of this 25-minute, three section modern dance work but hope to foster the beginnings of a new relationship between Texas A&M and Edinburgh College.”
Ethelinda Lashley-Scott, curriculum manager for Performing Arts at Edinburgh College, said: “We are very excited to be hosting the Fringe event in the PASS Theatre and hope that this will be a partnership that will develop and grow over the coming years.”
Performances take place at Edinburgh College’s PASS Theatre on Tuesday 15 August and Thursday 17 August, 2pm at Granton Campus. Please meet at reception at 1.45pm.
Both shows are free to attend.